Actions are one of the most overlooked features in Photoshop that most designers don’t often pay attention to. Yet, they are also one of the features that could help save you hours of your time.
Another great thing about Photoshop actions is that you don’t even have to spend time creating and perfecting them. You can simply grab one of the thousands of Photoshop actions already made by professional graphic designers and start applying them to your photos to create instant effects.
So, whether you’re a pro looking to save time or just want to quickly experiment with several advanced effects, here are a few of the coolest Photoshop Actions you can use to add magical effects to your designs and supercharge your workflow.
It’s the goal of pretty much anyone with a website: to have users that come back again and again. They share your content; they engage with you regularly; they tell others about the website. They remember the website.
It doesn’t happen by accident. A memorable design is a tool that will help create this user connection. Here, we’re going to look at seven ways to create a lasting impression with seven stunning examples of how to do it. Learn how to create a design that sticks in the long term, and doesn’t fly under the radar!
Nothing can make your life easier as a small business owner or freelancer than a great invoicing tool. By streamlining some of the business processes you can spend more time on the parts of the job you enjoy and get paid faster.
We introduced you to Hiveage a while ago. The online invoice and billing software is used by more than 50,000 small businesses and freelancers all over the world. And it only keeps getting better. Here’s another look at Hiveage and how you can benefit from this great finance-management tool.
There’s no introduction necessary for mega menus. Anyone who has surfed the web has definitely seen at least one website with a mega menu. That’s how popular the mega menu trend really is — they’re popping up everywhere!
We’ve hand picked a few amazing mega menu templates that you can get for the price of a cup of coffee!
Are you a happy designer? You can be. There are a few habits and tricks that all those grinning designers have in common. And you can do it too.
Working in a happy, healthy environment will help you be more efficient and maybe even a better designer as a whole. There’s nothing like dreading a day at the office to kill productivity and creativity. Try some of these ideas and turn that frown upside down!
The next big web design image trend is here, and it’s vibrant, colourful, and beautiful!
Thanks to Spotify, duotone is growing in popularity almost daily. The effect, which uses a pair of colors over a photo is striking, fun and vibrant. It’s also quite trendy, with new sites changing to a duotone format almost daily. Here are a few ways to make the most of this hot design technique.
Hiring someone to design your wedding invitations to look exactly the way you want is not an easy task. In most cases, the designers don’t share your vision for the design and you end up letting them design the card the way they want it to be.
But, what if you could pick a design of your own, customize it to look perfect, and print it out yourself while avoiding expensive designers altogether?
Yes, it’s possible. All you need is a little bit of Photoshop knowledge and a great looking save the date card template and you’re good to go. To help with your search, we hand-picked some of the most beautiful and affordable save the date templates you can find online. Have a look.
One of the things people always ask me when they realize I’m a freelancer is “how do you know what to charge?” Honestly, I don’t always have the right answer. As any seasoned freelancer knows, estimated rates can sometimes be a game of chance with some jobs bringing in handsome sums while others end up as a loss. (You hope it all evens out in the end.)
So how do you actually charge clients? How do you know what a job is worth so that you are priced competitively and adequately for the work? That’s where the discussion of hourly versus project rates comes in. Here’s a guide to help you make the choice that is best for your business.
A great user experience starts with the designer. You have to imagine and create something that people will want to touch and engage with, time and time again.
Sounds easy, right? The key to delighting users is to think like one. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel with every new design project; use tools and techniques that users like and understand to make the process a little easier and give you more time to focus on other visual elements. Today we’re sharing a few tips to get you focused on this line of thinking!
Make no mistake, the hero image web design trend is still very much alive. What is a hero image? Well, it’s basically a giant banner-style image that takes over the top half of the page. The main goal of this design strategy is to quickly grab the user’s attention while showcasing some of the features of a product or a service at the same time.
According to research, colored visuals increase people’s willingness to read a piece of content by 80%. It’s one of the reasons why placing a hero image above the fold has been found to be quite effective in increasing website engagement.
Have you noticed how small logos seem to be increasingly popular on websites? For a while, it seemed the focus in design was to “make it bigger.” That has shifted — in terms of logo size and placement anyway.
The biggest trend in website design right now is the use of the tiny corner logo. We’re going to break down the trend and look at a few great examples. Maybe you’ll find the inspiration to shrink the logo in your next project. Or maybe you’ll decide to keep it big and bold!
We may live in a world where many of our design and communication interactions happen via a screen, but information from screens is jumping into the live realm more and more often.
While it might almost sound like something out of a science fiction movie, you will create design elements that live in the space between screens and reality in this lifetime. It’s already starting to happen. Experiential design is the force that will shape how those projects come together and how you create and develop dynamic real-life design elements.